Thank you for visiting the Greater Hartford
Chapter of the American Guild of Organists (AGO)

The American Guild of Organists was founded in 1896 as an educational and service organization and is headquartered in New York City. Under the leadership of the National Council, a network of volunteer officials at the regional, district and local levels directs the activities of
the guild. The guild is divided into nine geographical regions; the
Greater Hartford Chapter belongs
to Region I (New England) and is one of the largest and most active chapters in the region.

Click HERE to access information on our 2022 Pipe Organ Encounter (POE)


Happy Spring!

As many of us navigate this busy season of Lent / Holy Week / Easter, we have our eyes on the horizon, making plans for the following season. The GH-AGO board is working hard to design a 2022-2023 Jolidon Concert Series, approve Jolidon grants for 2022-2023 projects and organ scholarships, as well as coordinate events for our own members. Keep posted on every update, event, scholarship, grant, etc. by following us on our Facebook page


Michelle Horsley, Dean


various locations and dates

OrgelKids sessions at local schools and churches

Susan Carroll, OrgelKids Coordinator

Friday, April 29th at 7:00pm

St. Joseph Cathedral

Erik Suter, organist

An offering of the Jolidon Concert Series 2021-2022 season, hosted at St. Joseph Cathedral
in Hartford. 

Click here to watch livestream of recital:

MAY, 2022

Saturday, May 7th at 7:30pm

Asylum Hill Congregational Church


Michael Hey, organist 

Christiana Liberis, violinist

An offering of the Jolidon Concert Series 2021-2022 season, hosted at Asylum Hill Congregational Church

JUNE, 2022

Monday, June 6th at 6:15pm

Pond House Cafe

Annual Meeting & Dinner

The annual meeting of the Greater Hartford Chapter of the American Guild of Organists, which includes the election of new officers and the unveiling of the 2022-2023 season. 

Details HEREMasks optional.

RSVP required by May 23rd! $20 per person.


June 26th - July 1st

Host: Trinity College 

POE (Pipe Organ Encounter)

An intensive educational outreach program for teenagers aged 13-18. Faculty include: Susan Carroll, Katelyn Emerson, Nathaniel Gumbs, Michelle Horsley, Christopher Houlihan, Vaughn Mauren, Ezequiel Menendez, and Natasha Ulyanovsky. The POE will be hosted at Trinity College in Hartford and will feature instruments in Hartford and at Yale University.

This summer we are thrilled to be a host city for a POE (Pipe Organ Encounter). Many of us attended these in our formative, teenage years and are intimately aware of the impact this summer festival can have on the lives of prospective musicians. The Hartford POE will be hosted at Trinity College this June 26th - July 1st, with events throughout Hartford and New Haven. We are currently seeking volunteers to help with the coordination of events (chaperoning, catering, etc.). Do let us know if you're willing to help!

Also, don't forget to join us for the 2 remaining concerts of the Jolidon Concert Series: Erik Suter at St. Joseph Cathedral on Friday, April 29th as well as Michael Hey & Christiana Liberis at Asylum Hill Congregational Church on Saturday, May 7th! We conclude our season, as always, with the Greater Hartford AGO Annual Meeting, which includes the election of new officers and the unveiling of the 2022-2023 season. This will be held at the Pond House Cafe on Monday, June 6th. For more information and to RSVP, click HERE

We also continue supporting other organizations in their music programming, offering grants through the Jolidon Fund. Don't forget to get your application in! This year we have transitioned our grants over to the Hartford Foundation for Public Giving's platform. More information under the "Funding Opportunities" tab of this website. 

For the 2022 National AGO Convention, this year in Seattle, our chapter has decided to make $5,000 available for young organists wanting to attend. Each accepted candidate will receive $1000 which will help subsidize the cost of their attendance and transportation for this significant event. 

Soli Deo Gloria!


Michelle Horsley, Dean

Greater Hartford Chapter of the American Guild of Organists, You Tube Channel


Dean: Michelle Horsley

Secretary:  Robert Gilbert

Treasurer: Bob Bausmith

Susan Carroll

Christopher Houlihan

Jonathan Reuning-Scherer

Chapter Chaplain

Benjamin Straley


Job Listing Service/Substitutes & Other Inquiries

NEW! Click HERE to access a new, one-time, scholarship
opportunity for the AGO National Convention.